iPhone rumors are spreading once again with the supposed upcoming unveiling of the iPhone 5 this October. According to the International Business Times, Apple is planning to eliminate the original iPod and iPod Shuffle from its future product lineups in favor of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod Nano. This would mean the only alternatives for people who do not want to pay for the iPod Touch or an iPhone would be to get a Nano. To be honest I have never even owned an iPod (I know it sort of bugs me too), not because I cannot afford it but because I don’t see the need. I guess Apple has gone down this route as well considering the iPod a usurping dinosaur not paying its rent to continue living in the Apple Mansion.
Hello everyone we are already in the middle of the week! (Wednesday) I am pretty surprised the week has gone by this fast! I have always really wondered exactly what constitues toxic waste. Toxic waste comes from a variety of different materials such as plastics, metals, noble gases, etc. But I wanted to have an in depth look at how devastating these byproducts can really be. Especially working for an electronics recycling company it might help me appreciate my job a little more. So I checked out the National Geographic page on Toxic Waste and here is what I found!
Toxic Waste Defined
By definition toxic waste is a “noun poisonous waste materials; can cause injury (especially by chemical means)”. These harmful materials arise from manufacturing processes, agricultural processes, septic system processes, construction processes and other industries. These can come in a variety of forms such as liquids, solids, sludge and contain various toxins like radiation or deadly viruses. Obviously these are all deadly to any living creature, including humans, mercury itself is especially dangerous because it doesn’t really disperse just accumulates.
Ways to “Destroy”Toxic Waste
Believe it or not according to National Geographic, the most COMMON way to get rid of toxic waste is to bury it in barrels in the ground…what?!?!. Yes that is a true statement click the link I provided to see for yourself. Especially when dealing with mercury containing computer monitors how could anyone allow the proper dumping of toxic waste to pass as a bunch of barrels buried in the ground?! It does not make sense and will eventually be re-leaked into the environment surrounding it. If waste is LESS toxic another common way to “destroy” toxic waste is to seal it into the ground by placing hard clay above it… again I don’t see how this is particularly preventive. According to the EPA, if you dump waste illegally (meaning it hurts the environment MORE than putting it in a barrel or forgetting to place hard clay above its resting place) then you run the chance of getting charged very large fines.
Toxic Waste Pictures
Here are a couple pictures of landfill sites:
Here is toxic runoff/ containment:
I myself have had my eyes open with this post and still am a little shocked at what the EPA deems as “acceptable” for toxic waste containment.
Hello ladies and gentlemen. I hope the Starbucks coffee today tasted extra delicious and sufficiently well brewed. I felt that today I could discuss alternatives to just throwing away your old common electronics such as cell phones, dvd players and so on. People usually consider one option when an electronic has died or is old throw it away A.S.A.P. Today working for an electronic recycling company and all I felt it was a nice day to throw in a post actually about recycling (I know very wild concept). So read on for 6 possible alternatives to just dumping your electronics into the trash!
6 Ways to Avoid Illegally Dumping Your Electronics
Give your cell phone to someone who needs it. Have an old cell phone you really don’t need? Something I have never understood is why people don’t consider trading cell phones or giving away old ones. As long as the other person and you are with the same carrier it would not be that big of a hassle plus it saves the other person’s time and money for taking your old cell phone when you get a new one and gets rid of your old phone once and for all.
Retailer Trade-In! There are various retailers out there that offer you cash for your old electronics such as cell phone providers like Verizon Wireless which take older phones while offering a reduced price on a newer model (and an unnecessary contract renewal) or GameStop which takes used games from more recent gaming systems and pays you for them in store credit to apply to newer games.
Contribute Your Electronics to a Charity. This is one of my favorite approaches to older electronics you have laying around the house. There are many people out there that do not have as much as you or I and donating older electronics you no longer use might make their day a little brighter being able to log into the internet and read the international news section on MSN.com to know current events happening in other parts of the world.
Donate Cell Phones for Domestic Abuse Victims. Some charities out there actually take in broken/old cell phones, refurbish them and hand them out to domestic abuse victims just so they have a guaranteed way of dialing 9-1-1 for help when problems arise in their home.
Recycle at a Retailer. In case you don’t want store credit at GameStop or a new plan at Verizon Wireless, retailers such as Best Buy are now starting to accept ANY old electronics you have no use for to make their mark in a better society as well as to participate in yet another aspect of the life of the products they sell. Click here for the Best Buy Recycling Program to find out more!
Recycle with EZPC Recycle! This by far might be the best option for all involved parties. Not only because its an obvious plug for my company, but also because it makes the as much sense as trading in an old cell phone for a newer model at Verizon Wireless or for giving it to Best Buy to not deal with it on your own. In comparison to retailer EZPC Recycle can actually pay you for bringing in old electronic waste that you already are required by law to dump correctly anyways. Essentially payment by a recycling center for your e-waste is based off of how much the government is paying them for e-waste at that specific point in time so, obviously, if bargaining is an option doing your homework on what your selling would always be recommended.
I hope this list has been super informative if not at least somewhat informative! Remember to recycle with a legitimate recycling center that you KNOW will recycle your electronic waste properly through the DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances and Control). Have a great Tuesday!
BuildingYourOwnSuper ComputerUSING Parts PurchasedinPart1/2!
Hi everyone, sorry again for being absent Thursday really wanted to finish this post and kept thinking of all my readers depending on my incredibly well thought out instructions to build their super computers!!! But alas! here I am and here is the second addition to: How to Build Your Own Super Computer.
Phase IV: Motherboard and Microprocessor
CAUTION: Do not shock your computer parts when installing them! When installing these parts into your computer it is imperative that you ground yourself while working. You can buy an anti-static bracelet in case you want to be doubly sure you don’t ruin your hard bought items.
So now that we have all computer parts purchased, we can finally start assembling this beast you might call a machine. The first phase involved in assembly are the motherboard, ram and microprocessor components. Unwrap the motherboard and microprocessor. Now, find the microprocessor socket on the mother motherboard and align the marked corner of the chip to the marked corner of the socket on the motherboard, and your done with the microprocessor!
Next is the heat sink installation. The heat sink is the medium that prevents your CPU from overheating when in use. Basically it is the unit responsible from transferring the heat your CPU generates as energy into liquid form using a type of coolant and thermal grease to maximize this effect. Evey heat sink is different but they all come with instructions that are usually easy to follow.
Lastly, we are going to install RAM. When installing RAM I have always been told to make sure you install each stick starting with the closest slot to the CPU and moving upwards. For this exercise just make sure the stick is correctly installed and you hear it click into place starting with the slot labeled 1. Your RAM slots should be numbered. Now we go to the case!
Phase V: Case Assembly
So now we actually have assembled one of the most important parts to your computer. The motherboard/CPU unit! You must feel so proud of yourself, well put the pause button on your congratulatory moment because we aren’t done.
Take the faceplate included with your motherboard purchase and click it into place in the corresponding holes on the case, Next take the spacers and screws also included with your mobo and place them into the corresponding holes on the case. First, place in the spacers, then align the mobo with the faceplate you clicked in a step ago and then screw in the screws through the spacers into the mobo.
SIDENOTE: Make sure when installing your mobo you DO NOT screw in the motherboard too tightly butallow it to be “nestled” into the screws. Also ensure that NONE of the mobo cables touch (even lightly) your case it can ruin the whole board. Lastly DO NOT drop the screws on mobo!!! You can damage the wiring of the mobo and ruin it.
Phase VI: Power Supply
I understand the PSU is installed inside the case along with the mobo and RAM but it is important enough to me to consider it a separate step (HEART you PSU!). Anyways back to work. So there are two sides to a Power Supply Unit. There is the back (fan side) and the front (wire side). In case you have never seen where a PSU should be located look for a cut square/rectangular cut out area on the top left/right side of the case.
Next situate your PSU on its brackets keeping it in place while you screw it in using screws that came with the unit.The fan side should be facing outside the case while the wire side facing inside the case.After installing it correctly, attach the power leads from the PSU to the correct areas on the mobo. There is a big one and a small one. After connecting these leads the rest of the wires should be color coded to match their correct ports. When in doubt look at the manual that undoubtedly came with your PSU. That is it for your PSU we are almost done!
Phase VII: HDD Installation
Now we are ready to install your HDD (Hard Drive Disk). When you purchased your computer case it also should have come with brackets for your HDD. These brackets should make for a snug fit with your HDD and the screws that also came with the computer case should be used to screw the HDD into these brackets.
After screwing in the HDD into the brackets place the brackets back into its slot inside your case and connect the HDD into your PSU through the correct connector and connect the other HDD cables to the mobo. The red striped cable is “pin 1”. Get the marked “pin 1” side of the red striped cable and find the “pin 1” port on the motherboard and click it in. Your HDD is now correctly installed.
Phase VIII: (LAST PHASE!) Installing the CD-Rom Drive
We are finally almost done! I’m excited. So now we are going to install your CD-Rom/DVD/Blue Ray drives correctly and make sure they don’t fall apart when you start using them. Locate the faceplate or rectangular slot located on the front of your computer case.
Now either connect it to your PSU (any available connector will work) or screw it into place with the face of your drive facing outside within the opening. Then connect the OTHER red striped cable that should have come with your CD-Rom and connect the red stripe marked side of the cable to your mobo.
Lastly! connect the audio cable that also came with your mobo and ensure that it securely connects to the indicated audio port on your motherboard and you are DONE!
Congratulations! on completing your first working computer! I hope it does work if in the off-chance it does not work please go here. It seemed to be a great thread post regarding issues someone had with a computer they just built so it definitely might help you.
Enjoy your AWEsome new computer you tech savvy genius you!
Well maybe not SUPER or even Super Computer but depending on how powerful and expensive the components to your computer are you might come very very close. I have been entertaining the idea of building my own computer for quite some time now and I never seem to have the time to research it to find out exactly how to build one so I figured why not make it a How-To Post?! I know it’s an ingenious idea. In today (and tomorrow’s) posts I will be discussing how to go out and buy computer parts and then how to put them together to build the computer of your tech geek dreams! The steps themselves come from here. I hope these posts are of some use to you!
Buying Parts For Your SUPER Computer
So I guess the first step with all of this is to determine the purpose of your soon-to-be awesome machine. Later on this will outline exactly which parts your computer is going to need and which parts it might not need. Plus this is probably going to be the easiest step in this whole process (I’m assuming).
Motherboards! I have never fully understood this integral part of my computer and I still don’t. But according to HowStuffWorks.com, if motherboards have one thing in common it’s that all motherboards out there are very, very different from each other. Motherboards can, however, be divided into 4 general categories:
Cheap Motherboards: These are older motherboard models that are very cheap around the $50 range.
Average Motherboards: These are motherboards that aren’t as old as the Cheap category boards but are still cheaper than most newer models ranging from $50 – $100. Additionally, many combo deals are made with CPUs when purchasing this type of motherboard.
High-end Motherboards: Here is where I will probably fall when searching for my board. This board I actually might consider buying . But hopefully that gives you an idea of a high end mobo (motherboard).
Extreme Motherboards: These mobos are basically all 200+. They usually have their own cooling systems and other extras such as CPU sockets for upgrading or adding another CP. Here are NewEgg examples of “extreme” mobos. Notice the hilarious $14.47 shipping for a $1,099.00 mobo. The real world is so funny sometimes.
Some facts to keep in mind when purchasing your motherboard:
AMD mobos are usually cheaper than Intel but Intel is much better quality. (At least I personally think so)
Size Does Matter. Depending on the intended size of your future computer, different mobos will serve your purpose better. Mobos range in size from normal sized ATX boards to mini or nano ATX boards.
Check for FireWire. FireWire is used as a high performance port by your computer to transmit video/digital data from your mobo to your computer. This isn’t necessary unless you are a high end entertainment industry professional. Then it might be necessary!
USB Port Central. make sure the motherboard handles enough USB ports to make you happy. Just check the side of the mobo and count the ports.
AGP or PCI Express? You will need to decide whether you want a high end video card (like myself) or a lower end AGP card with lower data transfer rates.
What type of HDD (Hard Drive Disk) will you use? There are two main types SATA and PATA. The differences between these are basically better airflow within the smaller wires of the SATA and the SATA HDDs are less bulky.
CPU pin configuration. Make sure the CPU you purchase (if purchased separately) can fit into the CPU socket of the mobo.
Now for everything else! After buying the mobo you are ready to buy all the other components you need for this computer.
CPU: The CPU is very important as it is sort of like the “brain” of the computer. The two issues you need to verify with the CPU is if it is the same brand as your mobo and if it fits into your mobo correctly (right amount of pin connectors). The clock speed doesn’t really matter (unless you want a fast clock speed).
RAM: Ensure the RAM purchased has the right amt. of pin connectors to click into your mobo and that it fits your mobo requirements for RAM. Some mobos require special RAM some don’t.
PSU (Power Supply Unit): I’m currently in the process ordering a Corsair Builder Series CX600 V.2 obviously I’m trying to get the most I can for the cheapest price. If your looking at installing PCIe video cards (1,2) look at getting a PSU that AT LEAST is giving you a 12+V single rail amperage of 25-30 amps. But to be sure check the video card requirements.
Find an optical drive for cds/dvds/blu rays. The higher quality they are the better they burn dvds/blu rays.
That covers Part 1 of the SUPER Computer Posts! I hope so far it has informed you about many things you might have thought were harder than they looked or learned something new you didn’t previously know about. If your curiosity for computer knowledge has not been sated here is an in depth description of each computer part and what it does!
Have a great middle of the week! Weekend is feeling close!
I just recently read an article (click here to read) regarding Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, and many outraged Netflix customers. For those of you that don’t know (or aren’t Netflix customers), Mr. Hastings responded to many consumers via a thread detailing his utterly apologetic demeanor to angry consumer posts. Sadly, consumers got even more mad it seemed once they found a face
to connect with their Netflix problems. So as a result of this new development I felt it was a priceless opportunity to incorporate this into a PollTime!! Post! Feel free to answer the question below:
So do you happen to be one of the 77 MILLION people that log into the PS Network worldwide? Because most likely you have already agreed to not sue Sony in court and settle any problems you might have with them through arbitration means specified in the terms of service. Are you wondering when you agreed to this? Well right before the latest PSN update of course!
Apparently, in its most recent update the updated Terms of Service Agreement was also changed and included a clause stating: If you have a Dispute with any Sony Entity or any of a Sony Entity’s officers, directors, employees and agents that cannot be resolved through negotiation within the time frame described in the “Notice of Dispute” clause below. Other than those matters listed in the Exclusions from Arbitration clause, you and the Sony Entity that you have a Dispute with agree to seek resolution of the Dispute only through arbitration of that Dispute in accordance with the terms of this Section 15, and not litigate any Dispute in court. Arbitration means that the Dispute will be resolved by a neutral arbitrator instead of in a court by a judge or jury. Basically what this clause is telling you is you cannot sue Sony for any reason regarding any of its products! I thought this was illegal to do in America? But I guess companies can set their own terms of service and Sony is not technically forcing you 100% to comply. The reason being because in the agreement there is an opt-out clause which explains that if you really aren’t interested in agreeing to the new statement you can always mail the Sony legal team and let them know you’re not interested.
Personally, I cannot believe Sony is doing this. They just recently got out of a huge hacking scandal which compromised many people’s personal information and now they are deciding they have the free range to force its remaining consumers to give up their rights to sue them? The fact that Sony is allowing its customers to send a letter to opt out is like forcing someone to give you $100 dollars for access to your television but then giving them the option to mail you a letter to let you know they want the $100 dollars back. Except in this case instead of $100 it’s your right to sue a company when their products negatively impact your way of life such as, oh I dunno, getting your credit card information hacked by a still as of yet unidentified group of hackers. Click here for original story.
I just cannot believe Sony has the audacity to do this. Hopefully they come to their senses and quickly.